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Just in case you weren't feeling old enough today, just read this.

Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshman.

Here is this year's list:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.

They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.

They were 8 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.

They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.

They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

They have always had an answering machine.

Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV. They have always had cable.

There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

They were born the year that the Walkman were introduced by Sony.

Roller skating has always meant inline for them.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

They have no idea when or! why Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They have never seen Larry Bird play.

The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WW I, WW II and the Civil War.

They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"

They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.

Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.

There has always been MTV.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
 

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QUOTE(garydebs @ Jul 23 2003, 11:02 PM)They don't ...know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

SUNS-A-BITCHEZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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now i gotta to go to Meijer and buy some just for men. Actually in my basement game room i used old 45s as a border around my bar. My kidz were amazed they said wow dad are these records. It was to funny, they do however understand B+W tv i got a 5 " one on the boat with no cable
 

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According to above, Compact Discs were introduced in 1986, which is WRONG!

1979 Prototype CD System demonstrated in Europe and Japan.
Sony agrees to join in collaboration.
Sony & Philips compromise on the standard sampling rate of a CD -- 44.1 kHz (44,100 samples per second)
Philips accepts Sony's proposal for 16-bit audio.
Reed-Solomon code adopted after Sony's suggestion.
Maximum playing time decided to be slighty more that 74 minutes.
Disc diameter changed to 120mm to allow for 74 minutes of 16-bit stereo sound with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz

1980 Compact Disc standard proposed by Philips & Sony.

1981 Matsushita accepts Compact Disc Standard
Digital Audio Disc Committee also accepts Compact Disc Standard.
Sharp achieves production of semiconductor laser.
Philips & Sony collaboration ends.

1982 Sony & Philips both have product ready to go.
Compact Disc Technology is introduced to Europe and Japan in the fall.

1983 Compact Disc Technology is introduced in the United States in the spring
The Compact Disc Group formed to help market.
CD-ROM Protoypes shown to public
30,000 Players sold in the U.S.
800,000 CD's sold in the U.S.

1984 Second Generation & Car CD players introducted.
First Mass Replication Plant in the United States built.
Portable (i.e., Sony DiscMan) CD Players sold.

1985 Third generation CD Players released.
CD-ROM drives hit the computer market.
 

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QUOTE(MisterD @ Jul 24 2003, 08:02 AM)Thanks a lot. Now I feel ancient.
Snowbi you have way to much time on your hands.

Copying and Pasting only takes seconds.
 

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And that's why an old dude has no business with a 20 year old - what the hell are they gonna talk about?

My oldest coworker is 23 years younger than me. We have to discuss movies at lunch. My genius (really) fellow programmer who is 30 years younger than me asked not long ago if Cuba is a state now - yikes!
 

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VH1 has been airing a show (or maybe it was MTV) called "I Love the 80's" and I was watching it with my soon to be 10 year old the other day. The "where's the beef?" commercial came on and I was lmao off. He sat there staring at me like I was nuts. Oh well......

Thanks garydebs..... yes, I'm feeling sufficiently old now!
 

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wow makes me feel old after reading that where the heck did the time go ? doesnt seem like it was that long ago?
 

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One that gets me is that Metallica's first album Kill 'em All is 20 years old!
 

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All those heavy metal bands from 15 years ago crack me up now. When I was a teenager my mom wouldn't let me listen to that and it all seemed so hardcore. Now I hear that stuff and wonder wtf???? How about all those hair bands???? OMG.......... can you imagine if the boy bands now did their hair like that?????? HA!!!!!
 

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old? nah...ok, a little.

now vh1 is going to show "i love the 70's"...i'll feel old then.
 

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Growing up in the 70s i feel old when I here Zepplin and Journey used in car ads. Or even worse that same genre of music as background in resturants or even worse grocery stores. I think i heard a musac version of Get of my cloud in Meijer. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGG
 

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Thanks for that!!! Now Im gonna have to have a beer just to feel better!!!!
 

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QUOTE(boatmonkey @ Jul 24 2003, 09:01 AM)And that's why an old dude has no business with a 20 year old - what the hell are they gonna talk about?
Dude, when you're an old man and have a 20 year old, you don't need to talk. GULP!!! - SWALLOW!!! GULP!!!
 

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Being a youngin myself (not '85 but '83) I feel the need to reply to this.

1. They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

I remember Reagan and I knew he was shot

2. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

This may be true

3. There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.

This is true

4. They were 8 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

I was 10, and I never had any nuclear fallout drills in school (I recall my parents telling me this)

5. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

I remember seeing the news coverage, did not understand how serious it was though

6. Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

This is true

7. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

This was true until I discovered beer

8. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

I used to play atari at my friends house and used to listen to chrismas songs on records. I can remember when nintendo first came out

9. The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.

Heard this many times. My parents have a record player and I used to use it. Does that count?

10. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.

I still love pac man. That is a great game. I used to play pong on my TI-83 calculator

11. They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

My dad still has an 8-track player in the basement and I used to listen to all the crappy early 80's music he had.

12. They have always had an answering machine.

I was probably about 10 when my parents first got one

13. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV. They have always had cable

I did not always have cable, and my aunt had a 13 channel black and white tv

14. They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

never seen a cloth baby diaper, but how could I not know the "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial. My friends and I used to make fun of that all the time

15. Roller skating has always meant inline for them.

I learned to skate on my moms old rollerskates with wood wheels. I had two normal pairs of skates before I got roller blades

16. Michael Jackson has always been white.

This is true. I remember when I first saw him when he was little and said "hey, he's black"

17. Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

probably true, never paid much attention

18. They have no idea when or! why Jordache jeans were cool.

I have never heard of or!, but I remeber Jordache, guess, and fifa

19. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

we used to have a popcorn popper. I was never a big fan of popcorn though, so I never really used it

20. They have never seen Larry Bird play.

I have, plus I remember having a lary bird basketball card

21. The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WW I, WW II and the Civil War.

This is ture

22. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.

I remember the news coverage when they were released

23. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

My mom has hard contact lenses

24. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

I used to watch nick at night

25. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

my dad had to reassure me many times that there are not sharks in the st. claire river

26. They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"

I have heard where's the beef, and I'd walk a mile for a Camel, but I don't know the other one

27. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.

who is J.R.?

28. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.

Chicago is the only band I know out of those

29. There has always been MTV.

This is true, but for a while my mom would not let me watch it. Thanks alot Madonna

30. I used to type papers for school on a type writer. I did not have a P.C. until I was 15.

sorry about the lenght
 

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Hey Big Mike!

Kristen shot JR and Da Plane Da Plane was something this midget was well known for saying on a showed called Fantasy Island.

.....totally just dated myself ...
 
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